AGM Awards

Volunteer Victoria welcomed over 80 guests (funders, supporters, member agencies, Coordinators of Volunteers, etc) to celebrate our35th Annual General Meeting on June 24th. The agenda consisted of a delicious breakfast, guest speakers, agency awards and ended with a brief meeting. The theme for the day was Embracing the Future – Leading for Change.      

Sandra Richardson (Victoria Foundation) presented Val Green (Volunteer Victoria) with a plaque recognizing our accomplishments over the past 35 years and thanking Volunteer Victoria for ‘giving heart to our community for 35 years’.      

Each year our Youth Program Coordinator and Access Program Coordinator present Agency Awards to dedicated leaders working with our member agencies. These leaders are chosen for their continuous demonstration of excellence in communication, leadership and accommodation through excellence in volunteer management.      

The following are this year’s outstanding awardees:

Brian Del Raye – Recreation Therapist, Selkirk Place (presented by Lornna Olson, Access Program Coordinator)

It is Brian’s job as the Recreation Therapist to find volunteers to help with the many programs available for the seniors that reside at Selkirk Place. Already working with a high needs population, Brian is open to accommodating volunteers that may require some extra guidance. He is always timely to respond to inquires about volunteering, and always willing to give a tour of the facilities to potential volunteers. Volunteers from our Youth ProgramAccess Program and Employer Supported Volunteer Program have all been welcomed and supported under Brian’s direction. Brian works with a pool of approximately 25 volunteers and 8 recreational therapy staff to service the 250 seniors living at Selkirk Place. 

Lornna presents Certificate of Excellence to Brian.
Recently Brian was willing to take a second look at a potential volunteer from the Access program who was dealing with a misunderstood circumstance that was making it difficult for her to be placed as a volunteer.  Because of Brian’s understanding this volunteer has had the opportunity to prove herself and this connection has been a very important part of her recovery. 

Catriona Campbell – Coordinator of Volunteers, James Bay Community Project (presented by Lornna Olson, Access Program Coordinator)       

This is the second time Catriona has been honored with this award in the 15 years that she has been connected with James Bay Community Project (3 years on the board prior to 12 years as Coordinator of Volunteers). This community health care centre serves approximately 350 people a day. Catriona organises 250 volunteers, 50 of them being  community living volunteers. Last year her volunteers worked a total of 18,800 volunteer hours.    We can count on Catriona’s openness and acceptance of all types of volunteers. She is always very clear about her volunteer needs and always willing to give an interview.   If the position in question has already been filled, or if she feels that the fit might not work, Catriona is able to think outside the box to tailor a potential position that might fit more within the volunteer’s abilities.    

Recently a client of Volunteer Victoria’s Access Program expressed interest in a pruning position at the project, but due to anxiety didn’t think that he wanted to be around crowds. Catriona suggested that this client come to prune the trees when the project was closed –to avoid having to be around people. Eventually the volunteer felt welcome enough that he could be comfortable inside the building and eventually expressed interest in volunteering directly with members of the project.       

Gillian Rowan – Recreation Services Team Leader, Burnside Gorge Community Association (presented by Tara MacDonald, Youth Program Coordinator)

Gillian has been working at Burnside Gorge Community Association, as the Team Leader in Recreation Services for the past 2 years. She runs about 30 recreation activities and also coordinates the numerous special events hosted by BGCA. Last year, Gillian organized 5 special events and managed over 700 volunteers. Gillian demonstrates excellence in leadership, communication and accommodation as she welcomes volunteers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.  She encourages youth to get involved and she genuinely appreciates the energy and positive attitude they bring to the events. She also encourages families, people with special needs and new Canadians to come and get involved in their community through volunteering. Gillian recognizes the great value a diverse pool of volunteers can add to an event.

  Tara presents Certificate of Excellence award to Gillian  

Gillian also recruits non-event volunteers to support her work at the centre. When she needs help with something, and may not have the expertise or the time to do it, she will create a volunteer posting seeking help.  For example, when Gillian needed to create promotional materials, she recruited a graphic designer. When she needs office support, she recruits an administration volunteer and when she required help with her website, she recruited a webmaster who works for a local tech company and is delighted to offer her skills in a volunteer capacity.Volunteers who work with Gillian are welcomed with a warm smile and enjoy a meaningful and positive volunteer experience. 

To all our supporters, funders, Coordinators of Volunteers and members, past and present, the staff at Volunteer Victoria thank you for your support over the past 35 years.

Val Green, Lornna Olson, Tara MacDonald, Beth Cougler-Blom, Liz Belsten, Lori Elder, Bonnie Van Volkenburg. Missing: Louise Keith

(Photos by Snap Victoria)


Charities and the HST Rebate

 
 
On July 1, 2010 the HST will come into effect in BC (can anyone have missed this with all the media coverage it has received).


For charities and some non-profits (those receiving more than 40% of their revenue from the province) who currently receive a GST rebate, this will mean a change in the rebate calculation.

The province has set the PST portion of the HST rebate at 57% for charities. Thus when paying an invoice, the rebate will be calculated by taking 57% of the 7% PST portion and 50% of the 5% GST portion (as you do currently) and adding these together.

A quick look at the CRA website indicates that the rebate form, Application for GST/HST Public Service Bodies’ Rebate, has not yet been updated. This form is only filed twice a year, at the mid point and end of a charity’s fiscal year, so charities will need to check the CRA site when their next rebate filing date comes up.

The Government of Canada number to contact for questions about GST / HST is 1.800.959-5525. For specific questions about the rebate form the number is 1.800.565.9353.Websites that provide additional information and bulletins about the HST include:

BC Government – Rebates for Public Bodies and Charities

CRA – Goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) checklist for charities

CRA – HST Information Sheets (under Quick Links, click on Charities & Public Institutions)

CRA – HST for British Columbia

by Val Green, Executive Director
Volunteer Victoria

Imagine Canada – Sector Monitor

This post first appeared in Volunteer Victoria’s E-Link newsletter. Sign up for E-Link and keep current with news and information from Volunteer Victoria. We welcome your feedback and suggestions.

A Sector Monitor recently released by Imagine Canada provides useful information on the issues facing the non-profit sector at the current time.
 
This first report, which summarizes the responses of over 1,500 leaders of registered charities across the country, is intended as a baseline for future sector surveys. The purpose of these monitors is to identify trends that will inform thinking and decision making around the sector.
 
Not surprisingly, the findings show that almost half of the organizations surveyed are facing increased service demands and are having difficulty meeting their mission. Close to a third expect to have difficulty covering expenses in 2010 and nearly a quarter say their existence is at risk.
 
These organizations are also experiencing high levels of stress. The charities with the highest levels of stress are those in BC and small charities with a budget of less than $150,000.  Conversely, the charities least likely to be under stress are in the Prairies and Quebec, as well as charities with budgets over $1.5 million.
 
The charities indicated they have taken a range of actions in order to address these funding challenges. Of these, the most common response was to try and increase revenues and reduce overhead. Additionally, more than half of the organizations had increased reliance on volunteers. A quarter of those surveyed had reduced services, two-fifths used reserve funds and a quarter had reduced staffing/hours.

Both charities and foundations were surveyed and the findings show differences between the two groups. Charities were most impacted by decreases in government revenues while foundations were most impacted by decreases in investment income. Although foundations experienced a greater drop in revenues, they were more able to control expenditures. Staff and volunteer levels were also more stable in foundations.
 
An interesting finding is that charities remain confident about the future when they look further down the road. More than a quarter expect to be better able to fulfill their mission within 3-4 months and two-fifths expect to be in a better position within 1 year. Foundations are more optimistic than charities about their ability to fulfill their mission in the short and medium term. 
 
While this is not what we are seeing and hearing from the sector in BC, where the full economic impact is being experienced this fiscal year, the survey was conducted across Canada. Charities in other parts of the country may now be moving toward recovery. Also, the survey included foundations who are more dependent on the market, which is now starting to recover. 

Excerpted from Imagine Canada’s Sector Monitor. Download this report.

by Val Green, Executive Director
Volunteer Victoria

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Volunteering with United Now

The following is a post co-written by myself and United Now team members sharing their volunteer experiences in support of National Volunteer Week. We thank them for their important contributions!
 
To kick off National Volunteer Week, a team of volunteers from United Now took a couple of hours on Saturday morning to revitalize the garden at one of Threshold Housing Society’s youth transitional housing units. About 10 volunteers got their hands dirty pulling weeds, mixing soil and planting flowers and herbs. They even started planting a vegetable garden for the youth to incorporate into their meals. They also had a chance to learn more about the important services Threshold provides for youth aged 16-21 in Victoria.
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On Sunday, the United Now team held a clothing drive for the Victoria Youth Empowerment Society and were overwhelmed by the ammount of youth-appropriate clothing dontated. People were welcome to drop by with their gently used clothing, have a snack and learn about different ways to get involved in their community. Volunteer Victoria was also there to help people navigate their online database that lists about 800 local volunteer opportunities.
Stopping by to donate clothes.

Stopping by to donate clothes.

Bags of gently used clothing!

Bags of gently used clothing!

Upcoming United Now events:
If you want to learn more about what’s happening in your community, meet new people and find out about volunteer opportunities, join the United Now team to celebrate National Volunteer Week. This event takes place at the Sticky Wicket on Friday, April 23 between 5-7pm. There will be free appies, speakers and door prizes. Why not come by and try a ‘voluntini’ with some friends before the Canuks game? Hope to see you there!
 
Join the United Now team for a morning of volunteering on Saturday April, 24 from 10am-12:30pm at one of the most ecologically sensitive restoration sites in the CRD. This site only has one remenant mature Garry Oak tree left and volunteers are needed to remove invasive plants, conduct ecological inventories and plant native species to protect the Garry Oak.
 
To participate in any of these events, RSVP to unitednow@uwgv.ca or call 250-385-6708 ext. 236 AND become a fan on Facebook to keep updated on upcoming events.
 

It’s National Volunteer Week!

Volunteer Victoria is celebrating our 35th anniversary as well as National Volunteer Week (April 18-24). We, along with our partner, the TELUS Victoria Community Board, are recognizing the 138,000 volunteers who contribute to our community this week! That means that 1 in 3 people in Greater Victoria volunteer with at least one community organization, if not several.

We are hosting a number of events this week, including a Volunteer Recruitment Fair at The Bay Centre from 10am-2:30pm on Friday, April 23rd. Come by to celebrate with us from noon to 1pm, enjoy some cake/coffee/musical entertainment and enter to win a TELUS smart phone courtesy of Tom Harris Cellular.

If you are interested in volunteering, stop by our Volunteer Recruitment Fair and meet 26 of Volunteer Victoria’s member agencies who are recruiting volunteers.

Can’t make it downtown? Browse our database of volunteer opportunities  to find the perfect fit for you!

Maybe you could be the next Wii Facilitator

See the impact that over 12 million volunteers in Canada make everyday! We thank you for all you do!


NewsFlash #60

NewsFlash

This post first appeared in Volunteer Victoria’s Youth Volunteer Connections newsletter.  Please email tara@volunteervictoria.bc.ca to sign up  for the NewsFlash and hear about new volunteer opportunities, events and workshops happening in Victoria.

VOLUNTEER:

Child Care Worker: The James Bay Community Project needs someone to help take care of children while their parents learn to cook.  Shifts would be for 3 and a half hours a week for 6 weeks between April and June.  If you would be interested, then contact Catriona at 2503887844 or e-mail ccampbell@jbcp.bc.ca

Newspaper Reader: If you’d like an opportunity to volunteer with your family then check out another opportunity with the James Bay Community Project.  They are looking for people willing to read the newspaper and lead discussion groups with those who have lost their sight.  The time commitment is one hour once a week.  If this would appeal to you, contact  Catriona at 2503887844 or e-mail ccampbell@jbcp.bc.ca

Musical Entertainment: Come play music for residents at the Alexander Mackie LodgeThey are looking for anyone with some musical abilities to put on a show for one hour every month.  This would be a wonderful way to showcase your talent while putting a smile on some deserving faces. For more information call Shailie at 250-478-4888 or e-mail leisure@hayworth.ca

Daffodil Days: Come be a part of Daffodil Days to support the Canadian Cancer SocietyA number of jobs and positions are available including distribution and delivery and being a part of the street team.  Help get the message out and raise awareness of cancer through a few hours work every week.  If you’d like to help out, contact Celine Bonnie Bowen at 1-8006637892 ex 226or e-mail bbowen@bc.cancer.ca

Power to Play Day: Set-up and take-down is needed for the upcoming Power to Play Day taking place May 2ndVolunteers will be needed April 24th and May 8th-9th.  If that’s not your cup of tea, jobs such as traffic supervisors, greeters, and station facilitators will be needed the day of the event.  The day is organized by Power to Be.  For more information contact Janine at 250-385-2330 or e-mail powertoplay@powertobe.ca  

Email tara@volunteervictoria.bc.ca if you would like to submit content or receive the NewsFlash via email.


Criminal record checks in Victoria

A couple of weeks ago we offered a free training session to our member agencies on “The Ins and Outs of Criminal Record Checks” with presenter Denise Girvin from the Victoria Police.  Girvin, a criminal records specialist with the Victoria Police for the last seven years, gave us detailed information to help clarify our understanding of the criminal records check process and how it works within the City of Victoria in particular. 

To apply for a criminal record check, an individual wishing to volunteer who lives in the City of Victoria must go in person to the Victoria Police and fill out a form, providing identification and the last five years of their home addresses.  Currently, individuals applying for criminal record checks in order to volunteer in the Greater Victoria area do not have to pay if they are able to provide a letter of introduction from the community agency with which they wish to volunteer.

Upon receipt of the form, the criminal records specialist will research several different national and local databases in order to conduct the criminal record check, and they will return the completed record check to the individual.  The individual then in turn submits the completed record check to the agency’s coordinator of volunteers for their review.

It is important for a coordinator of volunteers at this stage to understand the nature of the four different categories detailed on the record.  In each of the four categories below, we will see on the record check that either a) no record was located, or b) a record “may or may not exist”:

  • Category 1 covers criminal convictions which have not been pardoned
  • Category 2 covers outstanding criminal charges
  • Category 3 covers records of conditional or absolute discharge which have not been removed, as well as stays of proceedings and peace bonds
  • Category 4 covers any local negative contact with the police, indicated on a case by case basis by Victoria Police (Note: other local police services may indicate this information on a criminal record check differently depending on their own policies and procedures).

Due to the nature of the work many volunteers perform in interacting with vulnerable groups, a “vulnerable sector” check is also usually carried out when proper consent by the applicant is given.  The purpose of this is to check for pardoned sexual offences which may have been committed by the person in question.

If any “may or may not exist” box is checked on an individual’s record, Girvin advises that the individual in question should follow up with the police to obtain the specific details of the criminal record.  For Categories 1 through 3 confirmation of identity can only be determined by the provision of the individual’s fingerprints to the RCMP in Ottawa.  For Category 4 a Freedom of Information request would be required to be submitted to the agency that has files on the applicant. Obtaining further information in either of these cases should be carried out by the applicant, who would then disclose the information obtained back to the coordinator of volunteers. Alternatively, the volunteer agency could obtain consent from the individual to have the files forwarded directly to the coordinator of volunteers. 

Overall, it should be noted that the Greater Victoria area is currently served by seven different police services, and the process described here is descriptive only of the procedures to obtain a criminal record check with the Victoria Police for individuals living within the City of Victoria.  If an individual wishing to volunteer lives in another police service’s region (for example, in the District of Saanich which is served by the Saanich Police) that municipality’s police service should be contacted for more details about their local policies and procedures with regard to criminal record checks.

Criminal record checks are an important part of the volunteer screening process when the volunteer position involves working with vulnerable people – for example children, the elderly, or people with disabilities – or with money or sensitive information.  However, Girvin advises that criminal record checks should be just one part of the process when screening volunteers – it should not be relied on as the only screening tool an agency employs. 

The Victoria Police regularly put on informational sessions to the public about the criminal record check process.  To find out when the next session is, contact the Victoria Police non-emergency line at (250) 995-7654.


NewsFlash #59

This post first appeared in Volunteer Victoria’s Youth Volunteer Connections newsletter.  Please email tara@volunteervictoria.bc.ca to sign up  for the NewsFlash and hear about new volunteer opportunities, events and workshops happening in Victoria.

March 4th, 2010

VOLUNTEER:

Exercise AssistantThe Gorge Road Hospital is looking for volunteers to encourage their senior citizens to exercise with hand weights and Therabands.  You would need to be available on Friday mornings from 10:15 to 11:30.  If you would be interested, then contact Kathy at 2503708407 or e-mail kathleen.nies@viha.ca

Young Parent Support Network: If you’d like a chance to volunteer in the evenings, then check out the Young Parents Support Network.  They are looking for child care leaders who would be able to spend time with the children and work with other staff and volunteers, taking care of snacks and clean-up.  If you like working with kids than this is the perfect volunteer job for you!  Sessions take place on Thursday evenings from 5:14-7:45 or on Friday mornings from 10:30-12:15.  For more information, contact Margo at 2503840552 or e-mail margo@yspn.ca

Costume Maker: If you know how to sew and are interested in period clothing (1890-1908) then you might be just the person that the Craigdarroch Castle is looking for!  They need an adept tailor to help them, so if you can make skirts, bonnets, aprons, or vests then they would love to hear from you.  Some time should be spent at the castle in order to get a feel for the period and the time commitment is anticipated to be around 3 months.  For more information call Sheena, Nicole, or Jessica at 250-592-5323 ex 26 or e-mail volunteers@thecastle.ca

Canvasser: The Dogwood Initiative  is looking for canvassers to start spreading the message against Tankers from entering our ecosystem.  They will train you and provide free home-made snacks.  This is a great way to get involved with a good cause!  If you’d like to help out, contact Celine Trojand at 2503709930 ex 24 or e-mail celine@dogwoodinitiative.org

Symphony Volunteer: If you’ve got an interest in music then you might want to get involved with the Victoria Symphony’s youth volunteers.  They need volunteers to help out with their 3 Concerts for Kids throughout the year, taking part in arts and crafts, musical activities, or other events during the year. For more information contact Karen at Karen@victoriasymphony.ca

Scotiabank MS WALK Event: Help end multiple sclerosis.  Join the MS HOPE Volunteer Team on Sunday April 11th at beautiful Willows Beach Park to support the over 700 participants who are making their step the one that ends MS.  Lots of fun, short-term positions that you can do with friends are available for event weekend. Call/email Ashley at 250-388-6496 x 236 or ashley.hodgins@mssociety.ca to volunteer.

EVENTS:

United Way – Youth Initiative Grants: Do you have a community project in mind? Apply to the United Way of Greater Victoria for an opportunity to receive up to $3,000 for youth led/focused projects. March 15, 2010 is the application deadline and you can download the application form and see the funding guide to see if you would like to apply! Good Luck!

Email tara@volunteervictoria.bc.ca if you would like to submit content OR receive the NewsFlash via email.


NewsFlash #58

This post first appeared in Volunteer Victoria’s Youth Volunteer Connections newsletter.  Please email tara@volunteervictoria.bc.ca to sign up  for the NewsFlash and hear about new volunteer opportunities, events and workshops happening in Victoria.

February 19th, 2010

VOLUNTEER:

Reading Buddy: The Greater Victoria Public Libraries are looking for teen volunteers to pair up with younger children and participate with them in reading and writing based activities.  The commitment is for an hour a week for eight weeks, the program running from March 6th – April 24thFor more information contact one of the local branches of visit www.gvpl.ca . Phone numbers and training hour depend on the branch nearest you!

Everybody and their Dog: If you would be interested in being on a committee to plan a brand new Victoria event then check out Capital City Volunteers as they search for people (just you or you and a family member) to plan the Everybody and their Dog event.  It would take about three hours a week and you must know word processing.  If this appeals to you then contact Karina at 250-380-0660 or e-mail ccvol@shaw.ca

Dinner Guest: The Saanich Peninsula Hospital is looking for volunteers to come join them for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner from Monday – Sunday in order to give some extra care and pleasantries to their residents and patients.  Training is provided, and this is a wonderful way to meet people and spread some joy.  Additionally, you can be a Social Butterfly and spend time playing cards, playing games, or reading with the people at the hospital.  If you would like to help, call Chris at 250-652-7519 or e-mail christine.foster@viha.ca

YMCA Counsellor: If you’re 17 or 18 and would like a chance to work with kids and pre-teens, then perhaps you would like to sign up soon to be a counsellor at the YMCA’s Camp ThunderbirdIt would be a fun opportunity with a lot of time outdoors meeting great people and spending your summer helping a great organization.  If you would to do this, training takes place from June 26th – July 1stTo find out more contact Peter Gibbs at 250-418-1840 or e-mail pgibbs@victoriay.com . For additional info check out www.victoriay.com

Peer Tutor: The Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria is looking for youth who excel in one or more areas of school and would be willing to help a peer aged 12-20 with their school work for one hour a week.  Volunteers are required to attend a training session as well as commit to three months of the tutoring program.  This is a great way to share your knowledge and to help youth in your community get ahead.  If you would like to take part then contact Leanna Plat at 250-288-4728 ex 125 or e-mail lpatt@icavictoria.org

EVENTS:

Intrepid Theatre: Starting January 30th, students can get a discount to watch Intrepid Theatre performances.  If you arrive 10 minutes before the show and present you student card then you need only pay $10!  It’s a great way to see indie theatre at a low price while helping a great cause.  To find out more check out their Facebook listing at http://bit.ly/8HQtV1 

Teens at the Library: The Greater Victoria Public Library has lots of activities coming up for youth to take part in.  They have book clubs, writing workshops, the Freedom to Read contest, and a classic video game tournament.  For those who are interested they also have volunteer opportunities with Reading Buddies and the Victoria Youth Council.  For more information visit www.gvlp.ca 

United Way – Youth Initiative Grants: Do you have a community project in mind? Apply to the United Way of Greater Victoria for an opportunity to receive up to $3,000 for youth led/focused projects. March 15, 2010 is the application deadline and you can download the application form and see the funding guide to see if you would like to apply! Good Luck!

Email tara@volunteervictoria.bc.ca if you would like to submit content OR receive the NewsFlash via email.


NewsFlash #57

This post first appeared in Volunteer Victoria’s Youth Volunteer Connections newsletter.  Please email tara@volunteervictoria.bc.ca to sign up  for the NewsFlash and hear about new volunteer opportunities, events and workshops happening in Victoria.

January 28th, 2010

VOLUNTEER:

Assistant Restaurant Server: TLC is looking for someone to help welcome guests to the house, as well as aiding with set up and take down.  Food Safe 1 would be desired but not required to get the position.  This is a great way to take part in the community while getting experience in a restaurant environment.  If you are interested, contact Irene at 250-598-8096 or e-mail iambeault@conservancy.bc.ca

Olympic Cheer: If you are a lover of hockey or would just like to help out, the come to the Burnside Gorge Community Association’s day of Olympic Cheer!  They are in need of volunteers to help paint faces, tidy, lead games, assist families in need, help with food concession, and lead crafts while everyone watches the men’s Canada Vs USA Olympic hockey game.  It takes place on Sunday, February 21st from 4-7:30pm.  For more information contact Gillian at 250-388-5251 or e-mail rec-bgca@shaw.ca

Camp Medic: If you have your OFA Level III First Aid then you can be of help to Camp Pringle.  They are looking for families willing to come for a week-long camp and a week-long summer session.  You get a week’s free room and board, and it’s an excellent opportunity to put medical skills to good use.  If you would be interested, contact Darryl at 250-472-6877 or e-mail director@camppringle.com

On Air Programmer: If you would like to help with or host your own radio show then contact CFUV as they look for enthusiastic individuals who want to learn about broadcasting.  No experience is necessary!  You will need to donate 6 hours to volunteering and 4 hours to being trained. There will then be a weekly commitment of researching and hosting the program for 4 hours a week.  For more information contact Ashley Kissman at 250-721-8702 or e-mail vol4cfuv@uvic.ca To check out the radio shows tune into 101.9 FM or check out http://cfuv.uvic.ca

EVENTS:

Intrepid Theatre: Starting January 30th, students can get a discount to watch Intrepid Theatre performances.  If you arrive 10 minutes before the show and present you student card then you need only pay $10!  It’s a great way to see indie theatre at a low price while helping a great cause.  To find out more check out their Facebook listing at http://bit.ly/8HQtV1

Teens at the Library: The Greater Victoria Public Library has lots of activities coming up for youth to take part in.  They have book clubs, writing workshops, the Freedom to Read contest, and a classic video game tournament.  For those who are interested they also have volunteer opportunities with Reading Buddies and the Victoria Youth Council.  For more information visit www.gvlp.ca

Mardi Gras Masquerade: Come take part in Threshold Housing Society’s Mardi Gras Masquerade.  For just $30, you can take part in the Queen of Hearts Masquerade Dance coming up from 7-10pm on February 13th at the Ambrosia Event Centre.  You can take part in dance lessons as well as the silent auction, door prizes, costume prizes, appetizers and a cash bar.  For more information check out their website at http://www.nwnet.org/~threshold/

Email tara@volunteervictoria.bc.ca if you would like to submit content OR receive the NewsFlash via email.





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